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Consultation on two new consumer credit policies

By Rob Aberdein Following on from the recent budget, HM Treasury has published a consultation on two new consumer credit policies. The consultation builds upon the Government’s call for evidence which was concluded in January 2018 and on existing successful practice in the Scottish Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS).  The consultation offers businesses and organisations on both […]

Application of QOCS to defendants counterclaiming in personal injury

By Rebecca Livesey In County Courts around the country over the past year, it has become ‘fashionable’ to argue over the meaning of the word “proceedings” in CPR r.44.13. The essential question is whether a Defendant, by virtue of bringing a counterclaim including personal injury, is afforded QOCS protection against the Claimant such that any orders […]

One rating assessment to be applied to neighbouring floors occupied by same business

By Matthew Forrest Businesses operating across different floors of a building, or other separate but neighbouring units, are now more likely to have their premises assessed together for business rates. The Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018 came into force on 1 November 2018.  The Act delivers on the […]

Austria adopts new environmental package

By Sandra Kasper, Philipp Strondl  On 25 October 2018 Parliament adopted a new comprehensive environmental package comprising: the Aarhus Participation Act; an amendment to the Environmental Impact Assessment Act; and an amendment to the Federal Environmental Liability Act.

Blog – Childbirth and primary victim claims for mothers

By John de Bono This is the clear takeaway from Whipple J’s powerfully reasoned judgment in YAH v. Medway Foundation Trust, judgment 5th November 2018. The facts are typical of many cerebral palsy cases. The Claimant’s daughter was born after a negligent delay in intervention in the face of signs of fetal distress. The Claimant […]

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A&O causes dismay over salary survey

Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) salary hike for associates has understandably sent rival firms into a spin as the market inevitably rushes to keep pace and match the increase. But the rise has had far wider implications than just those for the law firms. Consider the plight of one poor City recruitment firm, which had painstakingly […]

Freshfields Berlin hit by partner loss

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has lost another German partner, this time seeing Berlin-based litigation partner Alfried Heidbrink leave for German firm Lindenpartners. Heidbrink, who leaves Freshfields in November, has been with the magic circle firm since 1992 and a partner since 1997. He specialises in M&A, bankruptcy and financial services litigation. Heidbrink told German legal publication […]

College of Law gives £1.25m to encourage diversity

The College of Law and social mobility charity the Sutton Trust have donated £1.5m to a scheme to attract non public school educated people into the law. Called ‘Pathways to Law,’ the project has been established in response to research commissioned by the Sutton Trust last year that revealed that former public school pupils continue […]

Firms cash in on Carlisle Brass sale

Dickinson Dees, Pinsent Masons and Walker Morris have acted on a £48m acquisition of architectural hardware company Carlisle Brass. Pinsent Masons advised Heywood Williams Group, a specialist distributor of architecture hardware, on its acquisition of the company. The deal was arranged by Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets and was funded by a banking syndicate involving Bank […]

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